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One Year!

Posted by Raul on November 4, 2010



    Just a couple of weeks ago there was the post number one hundred. Today, November 4th, 2010, this blog becomes exactly one year old!

    And like a one year old child, this blog is learning to throw things at people, make weird faces and become noisy when there’s something it wants   :)

    Think of it more like a declaration of independence…

    One of the things I’ve seen bloggers do when they reach a year time blogging, is to give away something as a gift to their faithful followers. I’ve also seen them do it in a way that will help them spread the word of their blogs and increase readership.

    Seems like a good idea!  But not for me…

    Instead, I’ll share with you the beautiful Denver’s clouds that I get to see everyday, without any strings attached.

    I know many people will disagree with me, and claim they have the most beautiful clouds of all; so I won’t argue, and just let them live their mistake and enjoy their innocence   :)

    Now, since uploading big pictures in a post will increase the loading time of the page, I placed the pictures below in thumbnail size. If you click in them you should be able to see them in a bigger size.

    If you want to download them to your computer, just right click in the opened picture and “save picture as”. It should save it in JPEG; 1024 x 768; 72 dpi; and between 42 and 134 KB each.

    These are all pictures I took myself, so there are no copyrights involved, and you can use them for whatever reason you want, and without the need of giving credit or making a link to this blog (I know, my business skills need some work!).

    Hey! I consider myself a rebel blogger: No specific niche; no ads; no reviews; no Facebook; no Twitter (I created an account a couple of years ago, but after the first tweet to test, I simply abandoned the whole thing). And slowly but surely I’m starting to speak up my mind…you’ll see… (he-he).

    Anyway, about the pictures, let me clarify that I am not a seasoned photographer, and my cameras, although digital, work on raw oil instead of batteries (they are that old). One is an Olympus D 390 and the other an Olympus C 470, and I like to greet the clouds when picturing them, so my hand is always shaking.

    So, take a look at them, and if you like them, please feel free to download them for whatever use you see fit, without any obligation to me or this blog.

    It’s a gift, not a business or promotion tactic!

    Enjoy; and if you happens to find a favorite, tell me in the comment section  :) 

    Also, if you want a copy without the captions, let me know and I’ll send you an email with the pictures in 1024 x 768 in an attachment.

    (And don’t forget to have a drink to celebrate this little brat-blog’s first year!)


Denver’s Clouds


Illegally Posted Pictures

Posted by Raul on January 25, 2010



I just read a post in another blog about someone complaining because his picture, which he published in his Facebook page for his friends to see, was to be found now in some other site posted without his permission.


He was complaining that there should be rules or laws in place to prevent those kinds of situations from happenings, or at least a way for the affected person to enforce his right to privacy.


I believe this person is missing the point about technology. We want more and more capabilities from our internet connections and the sites we visit and/or create so more can be done to reach a wider audience. The same we ask from our cell phones, so we can be able to take pictures and videos anywhere anytime and then download them quickly and easily into our computers, blogs, websites, YouTube, etc.


The problems is that the easier it becomes for us, it’ll also be easier for everybody else, and not everyone has the same moral concepts we have, or simply put, we are different people with different views of the same situation. What is right for me might not be right for you and vice versa.


We want to reach the biggest number of people and go worldwide with the internet; we want the possibility to take pictures and videos fast and then be able to upload them in our posts or pages in social sites without hassles, so we demand better technology and use it.


The problem then is that, at the same time we have all these conveniences, everybody else get it and use it, so no longer we can assume things will work the way we expected or think is right. We post in our blogs and want it to be worldwide for everyone to read, yet we don’t accept our pictures can be worldwide for everyone to see when is posted again by someone else.


With the new technology available don’t be surprised if one day you find yourself in a porn site in a video that shows you naked taking a shower, and after the initial shock you discover that it was in the showers of your local gym, and all you can remember is someone talking on his/her cell phone at that moment.


Technology can and will be used for good and bad purposes; most people will use it to enhance their lives, while some others will consider enhancing their lives getting money for videos or pictures taken to unaware people in awkward situations.


There are many sites out there posting “funny” pictures of people that I’m sure didn’t know they were being photographed at that moment.


The point here is that as soon as we upload something in the internet we can assume it is gone in a life of its own and we cannot control it anymore; so the only way to be safe is just not to upload what we might regret later.


We live in a new kind of world, where we are to become public in every aspect of our lives. Even if you make a search of yourself in the internet you will find your information available to everyone. There are sites out there that, for a small fee, will deliver to you information like your name, address, where you work, if you had bankruptcy at any time in your past, your spouse name, your children’s names, etc


My guess is that if you want to be sure about someone you can use the information in these sites to make a decision, but at the other hand your information is also available for everyone to see.


We live in a world where private life is less and less probable because of the technology available, so we have to be very careful on what we post in the internet, being it a social site, a dating site, a blog, a website, etc, even when we send emails we cannot be sure of who will get it and what they will do with it.


If we post something in the internet we must automatically assume it will take a life of its own without us being able to control it, and we must accept that as a fact of the modern world we live in.






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